William Herbert Price

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William Herbert Price (May 25, 1877–December 21, 1963)[1] was a Canadian politician, lawyer and soldier. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Parkdale electoral district from its inception in 1914 to his retirement in 1937.[2] During World War I, while still serving as an MLA, he also served as a Lieutenant-Colonel for the 204th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry from 1916 until the end of the war.[3] He easily won re-election in the 1919 Ontario general election, even though he spent the previous few years in Europe and not in the legislature.[4] He won re-election, again in the 1923 election that saw United Farmers of Ontario government fall to his party's Conservatives, and allowed him to become the province's Treasurer from 1923 to 1926. He was re-elected again in 1926, and was appointed as the Attorney General of Ontario from 1926 to 1934.[5] After being re-elected in the 1934 Ontario general election, he remained one of the few Conservative cabinet members to remain in the Legislature, as the Liberals won the most seats and formed a majority government. Even though he was presumed to be the leading contender to become the Conservative party's leader, Price announced in May 1936 that he would not seek re-election and would retire at the end of the legislative session.[6] His decision came about two-weeks before the Conservatives were to pick a new leader, and turned it into a wide-open contest.[6]

He was born in Owen Sound, Ontario,[3] the son of William H. Price. He taught school for several years, then studied at Osgoode Hall and the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1904 and went on to practice as a barrister and solicitor.[5] In 1910, he married Alice Gentles. They had three sons; his middle son, Captain John Gentles Price, of the 1st Battalion Queen's Own Rifles, was killed in action on September 8, 1944 in France during World War II.[7]


  1. ^ Tipton, Jim (2011). "LTC William Herbert Price". Find A Grave. Salt Lake City, Utah: Findagrave.com. Archived from the original on 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Former attorney-general William H. Price was 86". Toronto Daily Star (Toronto). 1963-12-23. p. 29. 
  3. ^ a b Leroux, Marc (2011). "Lieutenant Colonel William Herbert Price". The Canadian Great War Project. Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Parkdale is strong for Col. Price". The Toronto World (Toronto). 1919-10-21. p. 4. 
  5. ^ a b "W. H. Price: Crusader Held Cabinet Post In Henry Regime". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 1963-12-23. p. 8. 
  6. ^ a b Canadian Press (1936-05-14). "Col. W. H. Price Reveals Intention to Retire from Politics". The Evening Citizen (Ottawa). p. 24. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Price, Capt. John Gentles". The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto). 1944-10-04. p. 22. 
  • Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1916, EJ Chambers

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Preceded by
Peter Smith
Treasurer of Ontario
Succeeded by
Joseph Monteith